Askren Manor, Schweinfurt in December 2017

While visiting family around the Schweinfurt area, we passed by Askren Manor housing today. This has turned into a ghost town.

An article from the Main-Post Newspaper from February 2017 had stated that 28 of the 34 apartment buildings would be demolished by the spring of 2018.  The design for the new German housing development includes room for 1600 residents.

We passed on the east side of Askren Manor (up ahead is the John-F-Kennedy-Ring), where nothing had been touched yet.

Once the plans for this new housing development have been carried out, there will be room for about 1600 new residents.

The State of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, in May 2017

When I first saw these photos in its current state, I was a bit shocked. Not surprisingly though, reconstruction is underway, and my initial response in seeing this stripped and gutted was a bit of melancholy.

We used to party around that area in the late 1980s. Those were the glory days for us. 🙂

These photos were taken by Marion Zürl, and with her friendly permission, I get to share them here with you.

Conn Barracks Schweinfurt – 37th Armor in 1961

This video clip shows the 37th Armor at Conn Barracks in 1961.

(Video credits go to Hardy Hobbs)

Visit for more about Conn Barracks and Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt.

Plans for Askren Manor, Yorktown, and Kessler Field, Schweinfurt

The former U.S. military housing Askren Manor in Schweinfurt is getting an almost complete overhaul. Years of wear and tear, as well as asbestos (banned from usage in 1993) have left their marks.

Of the 36 blocks, six are supposed to remain and have a complete restoration done. The city of Schweinfurt plans on rebuilding a new housing area, complete with shopping facilities, kindergarten, and an elementary school (replacing the old school with its two gyms).

On Kessler Field, the former high school building, built around 1987/1988, got renovated about 10 years ago. Now it is being used by the International School Mainfranken (ISM) located in Kalifornienstrasse 1.

Then there is Yorktown housing, which has been sold off to private investors. Some of the semi-detached houses are being restored and up for sale.

Coming from Ledward on Niederwerrner Strasse

Coming from Ledward on Niederwerrner Strasse

For more about this, visit:  Konversion Schweinfurt – Askren Manor

Askren Manor and Kessler Field – Sold

Photo Tour of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany in August 2016

A week ago in late August 2016, we passed by Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt once again. This is a selection of the photos I took at the time.

Ledward Barracks has been closed since September 2014.


Side gate Ledward Barracks

Side gate Ledward Barracks

Coming down the Kasernenweg towards Niederwerrner Strasse.

Ledward Barracks

Construction outside Ledward

Zur Heeresstrasse:Kasernenweg

The Main Gate with its name is still there.

Main Gate Ledward Barracks

Driving down Niederwerrner Strasse.

Niederwerrner Strasse in SW

Intersection Ledward Barracks Schweinfurt

Between 11 April 1945 and 19 September 2014, 100.000 U.S. soldiers and their 300.000 dependents came through Schweinfurt.